Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost. Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most. There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love. Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.
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A Fantastic Debut
In LET'S GET LOST by Adi Alsaid, Leila is on a road trip to see the Northern Lights, and along the way, she comes across four other teens at crossroads in their lives. Hudson and Leila have an instant connection, and she arrives the day before the most important interview of his life. After leaving Hudson, Leila picks up Bree--a runaway who is trying to make every day an adventure in order to forget the pain she left behind. Next, Leila runs into Elliot as he is determined to make his life follow the script of a 1980s romantic comedy, but he's in despair because others can't be relied upon to speak the right lines. Finally, Leila finds Sonia who is in mourning after losing the love of her life, but Sonia is also wondering if life can only have one great love. Finally, there is Leila's own story and the culmination of her quest to find her own answers.
I was absolutely enthralled by this book. Adi Alsaid's YA novel has the perfect blend of compelling plot, sympathetic and interesting characters, excellent dialogue, a bit of mystery, a lot of humor, and some heart-wrenching moments. I zipped through LET'S GET LOST in one day--staying up way past my bedtime to read it--and I can't say enough good things about it. I was sad when Leila's road trip came to an end.
Kudos to Adi Alsaid on a great novel. I look forward to more from him!
Leila's road trip is a serious personal journey of discovery, and I loved being along for the ride.
LET'S GET LOST is the debut contemporary coming-of-age novel by Adi Alsaid, and he really gets it right the first time. This is a strong story that I highly recommend to anyone wanting a good contemporary story about love, friendship, family, and adventure. LET'S GET LOST is told in 5 parts, each one from a different character's point of view. I absolutely loved having multiple points of view in a single story - this is something that doesn't happen enough in YA fiction.
We are immediately thrown into the story from Hudson's point of view. I really respect a story that gets started so fast, and then is able to keep up the pace. The writing is simply spectacular, the pacing is perfect, and the characters are just real enough to be someone you might know in life.
As for the issue of love at first sight, I think it is actually quite realistically handled. When Hudson first meets Leila he thinks, "I'll be thinking about that face for weeks." By the end of the first chapter he's upgraded her status to: "I'll be thinking about her for months." This is real life. This is what really happens when you meet someone, and their smile makes your heart skip a beat. When your arm brushes theirs and you can feel it all the way down to your toes. Hudson is a seriously multi-dimensional character, and I honestly fell in love with him right away. The way he and Leila interact is really entertaining, too. The banter between them is just the right amount of funny and awkward, and the tension is cut in all the right ways.
Contemporary teen novels are often plagued by a sense of pretentious superiority in that their protagonists are something like literary hipsters, quoting American classics and obscure European novelists alike. Want to talk about Vonnegut? Don't bring him up in a conversation you have with your friends in the back of a van while eating junk food, or in a diner booth slurping down milkshakes. In LET'S GET LOST the only Vonnegut we see is in quotes on a bathroom wall. This is realistic. This is what teens do. I'm not saying teens can't have a deep conversation about literature, but that it is simply not appropriate content for this kind of book. Alsaid leaves the pretentious teens out of the book, and I am so grateful for that.
Let's talk about Leila. You may think she's just another manic-pixie-dream-girl, but you'd be wrong. Leila is just a girl on a quest to figure out some intense problems in the only way she knows how. Throughout most of the book Leila seems distant and fake - more like the idea of a road-tripping girl than an actual girl on a road trip. But there's a reason for that, and it's a good one. Leila is discovering herself just as much as we are discovering her, and the moments when she does are really subtle. You've got to look for them, to pay attention to the clues, like that she hates hospitals and cries while driving. When you're reading from Hudson, or Bree, or Sonia's point of view it isn't always obvious when the real Leila sneaks through the facade.
The Verdict? Read it. LET'S GET LOST is just as good as John Green's road trip novel, PAPER TOWNS. In fact, I liked it better. It's more realistic, the characters have more depth, and while it isn't as funny, it's not meant to be comedic. Leila's road trip is a serious personal journey of discovery, and I loved being along for the ride.
5 different characters, 5 touching stories
Let’s Get Lost is told in five sections in five different POVs, all with one thing in common. Leila. Meet Hudson, a mechanic in a small town on the night before the biggest interview of his life; Bree, a runaway with sticky fingers and her own personal motto of ‘seize every Tuesday'; Elliot, a film buff going through some life plot twists; and Sonia, caught between revealing her love for a boy and what she could lose if she does. Each one of them ends up meeting Leila just when they need someone. And Leila, she’s got her own journey to follow.
I may just have fallen in love while reading this book. I’m not a huge traveler but I love road trip books, especially in the summer, and this one is unique to any I’ve read before. Instead of following one single POV for the trip, we get to see the same character through four completely different POVs at different points of her trip.
Leila is the kind of character with the kind of effect on people that has me wishing she was real, because the world needs more people like her. She’s infectious, easy to love, and the voice of truth to those who really need to hear it. I really love how it feels like we get to know her from the other POVs then it gets to hers and we’re hit by how little we actually did know, even after spending so much time with her.
The other four characters, it’s hard to pick a second favorite, with Leila being the first. They’re all so different, as are their stories. It made it easy to be sucked into each of their lives and go along with them on their Leila ride. Leila has such a huge effect on them all, but what’s really nice is we get to see the effect they have in return on Leila during her POV.
The writing style, I completely fell in love with, and it made me want to keep reading all night until I was done. This book can easily get its reader thinking about the effect they can have on people, even if it’s not as life-altering as Leila’s effect. I received an e-arc copy of this but it’s one I will definitely be purchasing when it comes out and it will be on my recommendations list.
Fun but Heartbreaking
I, honestly, had no idea what to expect from this book. I knew that it was about a road trip, but that's it. I was in the mood for a summer read and this looked like the perfect summer read!
This was not what I was expecting.
I was expecting a fun road trip book and I got this.
This beautiful, unique monster that made me laugh but cry in the span of only a few hours.
This book was much more than a road trip.
Reading this book, is like reading five short stories.
This book is separated into five different parts: Hudson, Bree, Elliot, Sonia, and Leila.
Hudson, Bree, Elliot, and Sonia are each going through their own problems. Each of them have never met each other and never do. But Leila meets every single one of them and changes each of their lives.
You see, that's how this book feels like a collection of short stories.
Each story is an adventure that Leila has with that particular character.
I'll get to her later.
But I loved the unique way that this book's story was told.
And I loved all of the characters. Yes, they had their flaws, but that's part of the reason way I loved them. The characters were REAL. They weren't perfect and they were facing problems that many people face.
This did not feel like a serious book for the most part. The adventures that all of the characters have with Leila are oftentimes fun, ridiculous, and absolutely hilarious. Sure, the characters change after the adventure and while that gets more serious, the adventures in the book are more of the fun variety.
Now that I talked about the first four characters, I can talk about Leila. Leila is probably my favorite character, but it's really hard to talk about her without spoiling things. I loved what she did for these complete strangers that she meets on her road trip to the Northern Lights. These strangers don't want to face their problems or change, but Leila won't take that and helps them out in these crazy adventures and I just love her for that. Throughout the book you will become curious about Leila. You will notice that she never gives any information about herself and when she does, it will change in every part. So, by the end, you will really want to hear Leila's story and I have to start talking here...
This is a uniquely told story. I loved the separate little adventures and all of the characters that went with them. This book will make you laugh. Not only are the characters funny, but the situations they get into are hilarious. But this book will also break your heart.
I definitely recommend this book!